CES 17 - Cars
Jan 15, 2017Public
Photo: The MobilEye booth was strange.  Since ME only sells to Tier 1 auto suppliers and their OEM customers, they had a booth with no technical staff to answer questions.  Instead, you could just browse data from their web site on a row of tablets.  A lot of space for that.
Photo: A LeEco concept.  I hope its a concept -- do you want to sit in that?
Photo: TomTom has moved (at my urging) to develop a mapping product for robocars.  Their approach I am less enthused about -- in order to make their maps as compact as possible, they simply measure the distance from the road to any vertical objects at different levels, a very pixelated 2D map.  That is enough to localize, so that's good, but now is not the time to try to compress the data.  Now is the time to get the best data you can.
Photo: This company makes "car share in a box" for parties who want to run a carshare fleet in their city.   These guys provide the software and car unlocking tools, you buy the cars and advertise the service.  They support one-way carsharing, which is the wave of the future if people can solve the repositioning problem without robocars.
Photo: I love bitcoin, but I really think it's ridiculous to claim that having the ability to do financial transactions with it while you drive is a "crucial" tool for robocars.
Photo: nVIDIA is really boosting its push to try to be the chipmaker for the high end processing that neural networks currently require.  And they are having some success with all the partnerships launched.
Photo: A nice example of a pop-out steering wheel that doesn't get too much in your way during autonomous modes.
Photo: The much talked about Faraday Future FF91.  Note the side view mirrors, planning for the day (coming soon) when you are not required to have those and can use cameras instead.  

Also of interest is the circle you can see on the hood, where a LIDAR pops out for future robocar modes.
Photo: Nissan shows another concept which reconfigures itself for self-driving modes with the wheel going away.
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Photo: Nissan's Blade Glider concept.   More sporty.
Photo: Nissan's new LEAF concept with fancy side-view mirrors and sensor arrays around the vehicle.
Photo: Close up of the side view assembly without a mirror and just with sensors.
Photo: A cool but silly concept from Toyota
Photo: Honda's concept is a bit more realistic, a small and comfortable two seater.   With funky doors.
Photo: Samsung showing off Gear VR with actuated chairs that can tlit you.   There were a number of these and it will be interesting when they come down in price.  I even wonder if they might have value in cars, not for VR, but to position you in the best position if an accident is coming.
Photo: I had a ride in AIMotive's demo car.  This Hungarian company has been building a full self-driving suite and is licencing it to automakers like Volvo.   Amusingly, as you can see from the left fender, they had an accident during demos.  But they say it was just 30 minutes before my ride and somebody else hit them -- the position of the dent suggests that's true.
Photo: AIMotive's view of the world, finding the lane center and tagging other cars, road and off road objects, mostly with vision.
Photo: Navya (formerly Navia) from France has gotten bigger and more serious.  They had shuttle demos.
Photo: Delphi has loaded their demo vehicles with even more sensors, too many to list, and have added a MobilEye.   I like Delphi's approach.  Tier 1 suppliers have no ego, they just want to make products the OEMs will buy.   They see the Mobility on Demand (taxi) market as much bigger than the high-end-car-drives-itself market, and I agree.
Photo: nVIDIA shows off dynamic reaction on their test track.  The crew keep moving the road sign to block the track and then removing it, and the car either goes left or follows the course each time.
Photo: Renesas has modified this Caddy to show off their chips and tools.
Photo: BMW's latest ultimate non-driving machine.  You will notice it has a shelf of books in the back seat, making this a vision of a mobile living room, which is the right direction.  Of course you will probably use your tablet.

Almost every future concept car has covers hiding the wheels.  This is slightly more aerodynamic but difficult to do, yet it's on every concept.